Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine

2013 Edition
| Editors: Marc D. Gellman, J. Rick Turner

Temporal Self-Regulation Theory

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-1005-9_1181



Temporal self-regulation theory (TST; Hall & Fong, 2007; Fig. 1) is a theoretical framework for explaining individual health behavior. TST posits that health behavior is proximally determined by three factors: intention strength, behavioral prepotency, and self-regulatory capacity. The latter two constructs are theorized to have direct influences on behavior and also to moderate the intention-behavior link. Specifically, intentions are proposed to have a stronger influence on behavioral performance in the presence of stronger self-regulatory capacity and/or when the behavioral prepotency is weak. Also included in the model is consideration of ecological context in the form of contingencies supplied to the behavior by the social and physical environment (i.e., ambient temporal contingencies). In the TST model, intention strengthis a function of anticipated connections between one’s behavior and salient...
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Applied Health SciencesUniversity of WaterlooWaterlooCanada